Russian admiral pours cold water on idea of China ‘military alliance’

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Compiled by Miles Yu,

Week-long Chinese-Russian naval exercises in the Yellow Sea ended April 27 with much official hype but little convincing enthusiasm.

A Xinhua photo of the Russia-China joint naval exercise in the Yellow Sea, April 26. /Xinhua/Zha Chunming

That’s because throughout the exercises China desperately tried to convince the world that a solid Sino-Russian military alliance was in the works.

The Chinese Defense Ministry called the exercises “an important landmark in further deepening the Sino-Russian comprehensive strategic partnership.”

But Russia steadfastly played down the significance of the exercises and refused to endorse Beijing’s vision of a Beijing-Moscow pact.

Russia’s naval Deputy Chief of Staff Rear Adm. Leonid Sukhanov, codirector of the joint exercises, dampened the Chinese enthusiasm at an April 27 concluding ceremony at the Chinese port city of Qingdao.

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